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Get Ready To Game At The Malaysia Games Festival This September!

Get Ready To Game At The Malaysia Games Festival This September!

The Festival Permainan Malaysia (FPM@KL 2022) will showcase Malaysia’s cultural heritage through games from 23-25 September.

Melissa Suraya Ismail

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Ladies and gentlemen, have you been practising your kelereng (marbles) and congkak skills?

If you have, then you’re definitely ready for this year’s Malaysia Games Festival or Festival Permainan Malaysia (FPM @KL 2022).

The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC) through the National Department of Culture and Arts (JKKN) will organize the Malaysia Games Festival 2022 on 23 – 25 September from 7 am to 12 am at Dataran Merdeka Kuala Lumpur.

What is it?

Malaysia Games Festival (FPM) is an annual festival that highlights the traditional games and sports in our country. This is the seventh year they organized the festival since its inception in 2015.

As reported by Bernama, Director-General of the Department of Arts and Culture (JKKN), Mesran Mohd Yusop is confident that around 10,000 visitors are expected to visit the festival at Dataran Merdeka this year.

This is because the festival has not been physically held for two years due to Covid-19, hence, they are expecting the public to rejoice together again for the long-awaited fun.

Other than celebrating the traditional games and folk sports of various races in Malaysia, I hope that this festival will continue to uplift and preserve the uniqueness and diversity of Malaysian art and tradition.

We also aim to help cultural art enthusiasts and entrepreneurs by giving them opportunities to sell their arts, crafts and products through the Bazaar sale.

Mesran Mohd Yusop, Director-General of the Department of Arts and Culture (JKKN)

So you just go to the event and… play?

Yes. Or watch people play the games as various activities will be held over the three days.

Kabaddi & Kain Pelikat Football Game.
(Credit: JKKN / Facebook)

Over 1368 participants from the uniformed bodies (760 people) and corporate sector (608 people) will be involved in 10 traditional game competitions such as tarik tali (tug of war), galah panjang, congkak, batu seremban (five stones), sepak raga ratus, kain pelikat football game, dam (checkers), terompah gergasi (giant clog) race, blowpipe and archery.

Kaki Hantu & Capteh
(Credit: JKKN / Facebook, MalayMail)

The public can also join traditional games such as kelereng (marbles), kaki hantu, lari dalam guni berkembar (sack race), tarik upih / guni and terompah gergasi.

There’s also a MyGasing Championship involving two international teams – Brunei and Singapore – that’s going on this year.

Diabolo & Gasing.
(Credit: JKKN / Facebook)

You can also watch professional kids race around in their pocket bikes in the Pocket Bike Competition and go cheer for your favourite team during the Malaysian Open Tug-of-War Championship.

Tug of War & Pocket Bike.
(Credit: JKKN / Facebook)

These are some of the activities that both the public and the registered contestants can enjoy.

  • Folk Legend Games
  • Malaysian Open Tug-of-War Championship
  • Pocket Bike Competition
  • MyGasing Championship
  • Keluarga Malaysia Run
  • Cultural Fun Run and Fun Run Ride
  • Bicycle Market
  • Yoyo dan Diabolo Competition
  • Kabaddi Competition
  • Kreasi Teng Teng Dance Competition
  • Recycled Fashion Contest
  • Celebrity Bazaar & Small & Medium Industry Bazaar
  • Food Truck
  • KL Street Jam
Congkak & Recycled Fashion Contest.
(Credit: JKKN / Facebook)

In addition, if you’re really the energetic type and like to run away from your problems, why not join the Malaysian Family Run and KL Cultural Fun Run and Ride? It’s open to everyone. If you’re interested, register here for the Fun Run & Ride and here for the Malaysian Family Run.

So, save your dates and get those traditional game skills sharpened. It’s playtime!

Malaysia Games Festival (FPM @ KL 2022)

Date: 23 – 25 September 2022 (Friday – Sunday)

Time: 7 am – 12 am

Place: Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur

Entrance: Free

READ MORE: How Many Of These Traditional Childhood Games Did You Play?

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